Babylon by Bus: Or, the True Story of Two Friends Who Gave Up Their Valuable Franchise Selling Yankees Suck T-Shirts at Fenway to Find Meaning and Adventure in Iraq, Where They Became Employed by the Occupation in Jobs for Which They Lacked Qualification and Witnessed...

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Penguin, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 316 pages
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This all-access, inside-out view of what the American occupation of Iraq really looks like on the ground is the story of two young Americans who went to Baghdad without any real plan and discovered they weren?t the only ones. Underqualified but ingenious, Ray and Jeff found work with the Coalition Provisional Authority providing humanitarian aid to the Iraqi people amid an appalling atmosphere of corruption, incompetence, and horror. Gritty and irreverent, this is a wild ride inside the Red Zone and a strikingly original portrait of the real Iraq.

 

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Babylon by Bus: Or, the true story of two friends who gave up their valuable franchise selling YANKEES SUCK T-shirts at Fenway to find meaning and adventure in Iraq,

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In 2003, authors LeMoine and Neumann left their jobs selling "Yankees Suck" T-shirts outside Fenway Park and traveled to Iraq in search of wisdom and experience. Backpackers, stoners, and partygoers ... Read full review

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Ray and Jeff seem at first like they'd be far more at home jockeying a radio morning show in Boston than coordinating humanitarian assistance in Baghdad, but then life is a bizarre and twisty thing, like a pretzel, really, but without quite so much salt. Their mutual misadventures in the Middle East are alarming, edifying, illuminating, & occasionally upsetting. Of the oddly crowded field of memoirs of misplaced persons doing unlikely things for limited stretches of time, this one stands just one step down from The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose. 

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Ray LeMoine dropped out of Northeastern University in 1999 and spent the next five years running the "Yankees Suck" T-shirt operation outside Fenway Park. As CEO, he was based everywhere from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Spain's Basque region to Revere, Massachusetts. In early 2004, he traveled to Baghdad with Jeff Neumann to help spread freedom and democracy. He lives in New York.
Jeff Neumann worked as a volunteer NGO coordinator for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad in early 2004 after several failed attempts at becoming a professional poker player. He currently resides in New York City and continues to travel as much as possible while trying to stay out of third-world jails.
Donovan Webster is an award-winning journalist and author. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Smithsonian, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications. He is currently employed as spiritual adviser and bail bondsman for Jeff Neumann and Ray LeMoine.

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